Boxing: Adonis Stevenson remains ‘critical’ with brain injury – surgeon

FILE PHOTO: Referee Michael Griffin lift the arm of Adonis
Stevenson after his victory over Andrzej Fonfara (not
pictured) in their WBC boxing championship bout at the Bell
Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada, Jun 3, 2017. Eric Bolte,
USA TODAY Sports

NORTH CAROLINA – Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson remains in
“critical condition” with a brain injury and it is premature to
speculate about his long-term prognosis, his doctor said on
Wednesday.

Haiti-born Stevenson was knocked out in a WBC light heavyweight
title fight in Quebec City on Saturday.

His doctor at the Quebec University Hospital said the boxer had
undergone surgery soon after being admitted.

“He suffers from severe traumatic brain injury,” Alexis Turgeon
told reporters.

“His situation is still stable under the circumstances, but
critical.”

Stevenson was knocked out in the 11th round when his Ukrainian
opponent Oleksandr Gvozdyk delivered a vicious combination to
end the Canadian’s unbeaten streak of 17 bouts.

Stevenson slumped to the canvas and though he eventually got to
his feet, doctors deemed his condition serious enough to send
him to hospital.

“His condition requires mechanical respiratory assistance, deep
sedation and specialized neurological monitoring. It is too
early to comment on Mr. Stevenson’s long-term prognosis,”
Turgeon said.

“It’s a traumatic brain injury. The majority of people come out
of it with after-effects.”

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